Vaccinations and Prevention in Saskatoon
At Orchard Veterinary Care, we believe it is important to build and maintain a strong relationship with you and your pet to promote the healthiest, most loving experience possible.
Annual Wellness Exams
We recommend annual wellness examinations which allow us to catch a potential problem well before it becomes serious – as with humans, early detection and diagnosis is often the key in preventing serious problems from developing. The immune and organ systems of a healthy canine are much better able to fight off a disease or an illness before it becomes a severe problem.
Routine wellness exams are key to the long-term physical health and well-being of your pet.
Combined with regular vaccinations, parasite prevention, and proper nutrition these routine examinations include regular physical checkups to give your pet the best chance at excellent lifelong health.
When you bring your pet in for a routine checkup at Orchard Veterinary Care, we can prevent health issues from developing in your pet in the first place, catching them early and when they are at their most treatable.
When Should my Pet be Vaccinated?
After purchasing your new pet, contact your veterinarian to inquire about creating a vaccination schedule. Pets are vaccinated on a routine schedule, with younger pets requiring multiple series of vaccines to gradually build up immunity. Also, younger pets are more susceptible to infection because their immune systems are less developed, thus a series of vaccinations is critical. The veterinarian will implement a vaccination schedule according to local regulation, as well as protecting your new pet from common diseases.
What is Parasite Prevention?
Parasite prevention is a process where owners use medication and hygiene techniques to prevent their pets from becoming infected with parasites.
Medication can be prescribed by your veterinarian, but owners should also practice goo pet hygiene and keep their pets living area clean and free of waste to help prevent parasites.
There are two types of preventable parasites:
Internal parasites are usually worms and are treated with deworming medication. Preventative deworming medication is usually oral, because most worms live in the digestive system.
External parasites are creatures that live on the skin or in the ear canals of animals. It is very easy for these parasites to infect homes and to be transferred to other pets or people.
Why should I use Parasite Prevention?
Parasites can cause fatal illness in pets and humans. Although most parasites do not cause severe complications, it is possible for untreated parasites to do serious damage. If you pet is untreated or under-treated for parasites, they could be at risk of infection and at risk of infecting other dogs, cats, or humans.